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    CRIonline實用英語課堂 Unit 31
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    Part 1 Somebody So Different 與眾不同的大明星

        She was born Barbara Joan Streisand on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. Her father died when she was 15 months old. Her childhood was a distinctly unhappy one. She once said her only toy was a hot-water bottle she dressed in doll's clothes.

        After her mother remarried, she experienced conflicts with her stepfather. He once told her she could not have any ice cream because she was too ugly. She was not popular with other children, either. But she was an excellent student, consistently ranking to the top 10 of her class. When she was 13, she recorded two songs. She once worked as a cashier in a Chinese restaurant and as a receptionist in an ad agency.

        She changed the spelling of her first name – from Barbara to Barbra – for her nightclub debut. She gained initial public notice with her performance as Miss Marmelstein in the musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale. On opening night she received a standing ovation. She released her debut recording the following year. It proved immensely popular and was awarded the Grammy for Album of the Year. She was 21.

        Around the same time she appeared in the stage version of Funny girl, which quickly became a huge success. She was 25 when she appeared in the film version, which was also a box-office triumph. The salary and contractual agreements she received for her next movie, Hello, Dolly, made her the highest-paid performer in films at the time.

        She was famously self-absorbed, "Barbra's favorite subject is Barbra," an intimate has observed. According to Streisand, her aloofness and reserve stem from a basic shyness, "Around people I don't know, I'm totally at a loss," she once said. Her perfectionism has alienated some co-workers. Her well-known disinclination for live performances began when she forgot the words to several songs during a concert appearance.

        She was the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a mainstream Hollywood film: Yentl. She has won two Academy Awards, one in 1976 as the composer of the Best Original Song (“Evergreen”). The other was in a rare tie for the Best Actress (1968), along with Katharine Hepburn. She won for Funny Girl. She has also won a Tony, several Grammys, and handful of Emmys and Golden Globes, one of the very few performers to do so.

        1942年4月24日,Barbara Joan Streisand出生於紐約布魯克林。她父親在她15個月大的時候就去世了。她的童年毫無樂趣可言。Barbra曾說,她小時候唯一的玩具就是被她套上洋娃娃衣服的一個熱水瓶。她母親再婚後,她和繼父之間經常發生衝突,有一次她的繼父告訴她,她不能吃冰淇淋,因為她長的太醜了。她在其他孩子中間也不受歡迎。不過,她卻是一個優秀的學生,在班上的成績總是名列前茅。Barbra13歲的時候,灌制了兩首歌曲,她曾在一家中國餐館當過收銀員,也在廣告代理公司當過接待員。

        為了她在夜總會的首場演出,她把名字的拼法從Barbara 變成Barbra。她以《我可以用批發價賣給你》這出音樂劇中的“Miss Marmelstein”這個角色,引起了公眾的注意。在首演的那個晚上,全場觀眾為她起立鼓掌。第二年,她發行了她的首張唱片。這張專輯大受歡迎,為她贏得了格萊美年度最佳唱片的獎項。當時她只有21歲。

        大約在同一時期,她也在舞臺劇版的《妙女郎》中演出,這齣戲好評如潮。演齣電影版的《妙女郎》時,她也只有25歲,而這部電影的票房大獲全勝。她在下一部電影《我愛紅娘》中獲得的酬勞使她成為當時電影屆片酬最高的藝人。

        她強烈的自我意識也是眾所週知的。她的一位密友說:“Barbra最喜歡的話題就是Barbra。” 據她本人說,她的冷漠和自我隱藏來自於自己害羞的本性,她曾經說:“和不相識的人相處,我簡直就是不知所措。”她的完美主義也使她和一些合作者關係疏遠。Barbra對現場表演的厭惡也是有名的,這是因為她在一次現場演唱會上忘記了幾首歌的歌詞。

        Barbra是第一位在好萊塢主流電影 Yentl 中自編、自導、自演的女性。她曾兩次獲得奧斯卡金像獎,一次是1976年電影《常青樹》的最佳原著音樂獎。另外一次是1968她以影片《俏女郎》和Katharine Hepburn共同獲得最佳女主角獎。她也曾獲得過一個電影安東尼獎,數個格萊美獎,和好幾個艾美獎和金球獎,是享有這麼多殊榮的極少數演員中的一位。

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